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Runaway spring

Blooming hazelThe weather has cooled back down, which is probably a good thing since spring was starting to feel a bit like a runaway mule.  I haven't pruned the rest of my fruit trees yet, but the peach buds are already starting to swell and show their first signs of color (green, not pink yet.)  As you can see, the wild hazels I plan to transplant into my forest garden are already in full bloom.  Whoa, whoa, whoa!

For those of you with fruit trees already starting to bloom (Mom, Daddy), here's a very useful chart to show you which temperatures can harm them.  It's worth watching the weather forecast and your fruit tree buds very carefully at this time of year, since you can often protect trees in an emergency by covering them with
sheets or even turning on a sprinkler.  We can't have a repeat of last year's fruitless summer!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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